I have blogged about papers more than once before, but that’s because I’m in love with papers. I love painting on paper and throwing it into my collage pile. The less deliberation the better. I often keep sheets of all kinds of plain paper at hand, both white and various colors, just to use as blotters, either on my table or on a painting. The resulting buildup can get interesting.
Here are some of my current favorite papers and a quick explanation of the processes. Maybe these will get your wheels turning. Sometimes the simplest marks can be beautiful when used in a collage.
Paint was randomly rolled onto the paper to clean off a brayer.
On the left is one of many mat board scraps that I sometimes use to squeeze out paint that I then roll onto a brayer. Here, I put down squiggles of black paint from a fine-tipped bottle onto the mat board and stamped it several times onto paper that already had paint from a brayer. As you can see, there was enough black paint to keep on stamping.
Tea-stained newsprint that I used over and over for a blotter on paintings, creating a buildup of many layers.
At the top is a piece of masking tape that had been holding my paper table cover down. Over time it got a lot of paint buildup. I'm still looking for the perfect place to put it into a collage. At the bottom are just two pieces that were used as blotters on a square panel.
Paint was deposited onto the paper with a piece of mat board, stamping it down several times and in different places.
This blue paper was laid down lightly on top of a heavy coat of wet paint on a panel, then pulled off. The spots are drips that were already on the paper.
Here’s another post that I wrote one year ago with more examples and ideas. For more, just click on the tag “hand painted papers” in the tag cloud in the sidebar.